St. Catharines makes it official with Dave Upper

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Dave Upper has been named St. Catharines new Fire Chief.

Upper will permanently take over the role following the departure of Jeff McCormick from the position in late October. 
Upper has been serving as acting chief since that time and brings with him decades of experience with St. Catharines Fire Services.

Upper first joined the service as a firefighter in 1991, working his way up through the ranks to deputy chief, a position he has served in since 2017.

He currently acts as the City’s backup Community Emergency Management Coordinator and has served as a board member with Community Care and as a volunteer hockey coach.

“Dave is the ideal person to fill to role of fire chief, he has shown leadership in driving change and improvements across his three decades with St. Catharines Fire Services and is a dedicated member of our community,” said Chief Administrative Officer David Oakes. “He has a diverse skill set that will continue to strengthen the service as we continue to grow as a city.”

Upper’s past successes include spearheading the department’s new, award-winning, health and wellness Mental Health Journey program and contributions to the recent Fire Master Plan.

Upper said he is excited to take on the new role.

“This city has always been home, it’s where I started as a firefighter and there is no community I would rather serve,” said Upper, adding, “I’m looking forward to continuing the work I started three decades ago with an eye toward the future and the continued provision of exemplary fire services our department has become known for.”

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